Friday, September 22, 2017

Living room shakeup and the domino effect

Well like I promised a while back, the sectional sofa had seen it's last photo op in the Oliver and Rust house. I am going to post a full review about the Ikea Ektorp sectional in the next few posts so if you were or are one of the many people asking how we liked it, would we buy it again the answer will be in there.

Today however, we are going down the road of new. With the arrival of our little lovely lady Emma and having a different focus for our room the divided space which I still to this day love, no longer was conducive to how we needed to live in our space.

Then of course I purchased the "remorse" chairs and the domino effect started with the chair monopoly happening as we moved things around. 
....and since it's the first day of fall today lets do a fall change up tour in this room as well.

So to recap,
new layout
new sofa
old chairs
fall do

Loads to cover so lets get started.

So here she be. Our room is long and quite large but at the end of the room where the  fireplace is the wall where the bathroom is juts in and makes a full room of furniture placement a little awkward. When we moved in 8 years ago it was just the 2 of us and a sectional was a dreamy idea with so much space from our tiny first home, so we split the room in 2. A tv watching area and a conversation fireside area. It worked perfectly for us but did become a little bit of a pain with large groups of people as tons of seating but with backs to each other it made conversation difficult sometimes.  The leather chairs we had from a score on Kijiji years ago and one was in this room but the big wood cupboard so we pulled the other upstairs and moved them into the room floating as a pair again.

Just to recap below this is what our living room has looked like layout wise for about the last 8 years.

We did a lot of hunting for the perfect sofa and I was so close to pulling the trigger on a sectional this style with chaise on wayfair. The nicer sofas we found were either in the high 3000-5000.00 range or were online and we were just nervous to pull the trigger on something we couldn't sit on. I also don't want to be mortgaged to our sofa. I am all about investing in pieces that you plan to keep and spend once rather than many times however with a rambunctious little girl a 5000.00 sofa did not feel like a smart move right now. 
So we bought another ektorp from Ikea. I will cover comfort more in the review post but the difference between this sofa, our previous sectional and even the loveseat/chairs we already own is amazing. They have definitely made improvements that are noticeable immediately.

I chose not to buy a cover from Ikea and instead purchased a linen cover from Bemz. Super super pleased with the speed, craftsmanship and quality of this cover. And immediately the sofa waffles between Ikea and Pottery Barn-ville because the linen cover gives it a bit more plush of a look. The covers are a bit loose which makes putting them on so much easier but also a little give room for the first wash and dry which I will update when I do it.

 When we decided to float the chairs in the middle of the room we ended up with spare furniture. The sofa table had to go, the blanket trunk needed a new home. It was a ton of fun for me to completely rearrange our space and give it a new life.
I put our same end table between the chairs and in order to keep using our table lamp a rug was in order for this side of the room to get the cord to the opposite wall. I didn't want just plain jute or a super trendy rug so hunted out a flat pile super faded red persian style rug. We already had 2 kilim rugs in the halls that join this room so they needed to blend together well. Red isn't really my colour but put it in a rug and I'm all for it.

I didn't go super autumn with my look this year. I didn't add tons of wheat and pumpkins to the living room as with the new "do" I just wanted to enjoy the space and made it say fall more with the colours and textures and of course the pillows.

a cactus here, a wool blanket there

I bought this gold and white plant stand some time ago and have had it in hoarding for the perfect spot and that spot finally came available when I booted the chair that was in this corner. With our new layout the chair outside the laundry room became too much and just in the way so this area which will hold a Christmas tree soon enough is now a perfect little plant corner

 My little model who is thoroughly enjoying being able to view all aspects of the room and get a straight long run around the coffee table.

This is the other pair of chairs that got re-mated. One was in the basement and one was sitting by the laundry room in this room. We will likely find something else for this space in the coming years but I absolutely love the green velvet together over here and in fact I will say this was not my idea. Trevor carried these babies in while I was standing staring at the space and said "there, I like these up here" and low and behold damn it worked out.

Catching bits and glimpses of our fall mantel this year. I will do a separate post with the vignettes up there soon.

So there you have it. A fall space with a new layout and we are completely happy with it. It feels like a whole new space. Emma has commandeered the little corner on the floor with a sheep skin of the sofa and the animals have all picked new spots to lay at night.
Like I said, I really loved the old layout but this just feels lighter and there is definitely less stuff. I know right? it doesn't look like that but trust me there is a lot less.
With quite a few changes happening around here and since Christmas is on its way soon enough I am working on getting an up to date house tour up here as lots has changed since I posted it last year.

Have a great day everyone,


Thursday, September 14, 2017

The stuff dreams are made of: Terrain Westport Conneticut

Good morning everyone.

We just got back from a trip out east last week, a work trip for the shop but trip nonetheless.
Near the end of the trip we were close enough to a place I have wanted to visit for what seems like forever. For those of you that may not have been following along with my instagram stories and had the little excitement tour, I brought my camera in like a nutter and took a ton of photos of which I will share a fraction with you today.
Not a lot to say today as the photos really speak for themselves. The genius in display and the sheer collection of pots, plants, decor and the cafe set right into the middle of the shop are just inspiration on overload for me. The stuff dreams are made of [if you're a plant lover who happens to have a fascination for retail that is]

Welcome to Terrain; Westport CT.
Enjoy the photos!

Enjoy your day all,


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Domino Effect: a new rug in the bedroom

It's one of those things. You decide you are purchasing 1 new item. Just 1 and the whole damn house has to get ripped apart and moved. Self inflicted of course.

I had previously mentioned we were/did get rid of our sectional sofa in the living room. More on that soon but, as we did the furniture shuffle at 11:30 at night one day last week, chairs started flying all over the place. Ones in the basement went on the main floor, mates previously split up are now sitting together, old chairs from our first home got the boot.

One of those chairs was the one in our master bedroom. The white slipcovered chair in here was a chair we bought before we had even bought our first home 12 years ago. I made the slipcover back when I didn't really know how to sew furniture things and it was on its last legs. The chair itself was still comfy and found a home at my in laws but it meant a "new" chair found a home in our bedroom. We had excess chairs [apparently on top of plants, I am also a chair hoarder] in our basement after the buyers remorse chairs made their home down there, so one of the smaller Ikea Jennylund chairs came into our bedroom. 

The chair fits in the space better and allows more access to Trevor's closet so it ended up being a win win. It has the original Ikea slipcover on it and I may eventually invest in a Bemz in here with cleaner lines and no skirt but for now it works just fine.

Another part of the domino effect was we finally purchased a rug that fits the space properly. You've seen those annoying diagrams in magazines that show how you should and shouldn't be placing a rug in your bedroom. Well I've been a rule breaker for years as we had a small rug that sat just at the foot of our bed but those days are gone and I am on the right side of the design world for now. Thank goodness, I don't what I would do with myself.

Below you can see the old chair and it's loose slipcover as well as the old cowhide carpet. I just put this carpet into storage as apparently these patchwork carpets are becoming a thing again [of course they are just as I've decided to remove mine]

This new cotton rug is an 8x10 and fits under our bed [that was a hilarious workout trying to get this thing lined up while lifting our SUPER LIGHT bed frame]

We put those sticky under carpet runner holder things from Canadian Tire to stop it from being slippery and give it a little bit of cushion. I am still thinking double sided carpet tape at the corners may be a good idea for vacuum purposes but haven't gotten to that yet.

I also dressed our bed for the end of summer. All my clearance bits working together. I was having a conversation with a friend the other day who is trying to invest in more quality pieces for her bedroom i.e. duvet covers, sheets etc and was asking how I have so many. Well, my small trick is hovering. Most of the pieces in our room also work in our spare bedroom so keeping tones, colours close means I can mix and match everything giving the appearance of lots of pieces. Kind of like those capsule wardrobes people keep talking about. The hovering part comes in with price. The duvet cover shown right now is from Pottery Barn. Originally over 200 US, I hovered until the price was right and bought it for 38 US on clearance. Those euro velvet shams are from West Elm in the best colour and also went on clearance for 20 a piece. The throw pillows are Oliver and Rust originals.

The kantha stitched shams were on clearance recently at Crate and Barrel for 28 CAD. I did pay full price for the quilt on our bed which I had shipped from Target since Canada murdered Target and we don't have it here anymore. To be fair though we have been using vintage quilts from the goodwill for years so we were overdue and they were all getting thread bare. And a king quilt for 100 US is not bad in my book. This is it for anyone interested. It says gray but it is a perfect linen colour. I saw the queen in store so knew what I was getting prior to ordering.

I also mildly refreshed our dresser top with a massive stag horn fern and some other natural neutral bits. The buddha has been a staple in this room since we moved here. Its one of my favourite pieces, reminds me of a funny story of the snow storm we drove through to get it and because its white will always look great. It also hides our essential oil diffuser behind it.

My mystery plant in the basket in the photo above. Any super green thumbs out there have any insight into what this is? It was a random that got mixed into a truckload going to one of my greenhouses but because it was a stowaway that they hadn't ordered no one knew what it was. I decided to give it a home because it has a great look to it and has proven to be very easy to take care of it but it's my little no name.

It's not a lot of pattern in the rug but, enough to make it eye catching. Neutral enough to still go season to season and washable if something or someone...ahem Franklin decides to puke on it.

A heart shaped keep sake from one of our trips years ago. It always sits on our dresser and I used a marble soap dish to elevate it a bit. One of those things that just looks like a rock but its a special piece to us

Talk soon all,